Women for Progress

      of Mississippi, Inc.

       Awareness, Advocacy & Action

Women for Progress of MS presents...

The 2016 Carrie Jones Golf Classic

Date:  Thursday, June 2, 2016
Time:  Registration begins at 11:00 am
Lunch:  12:00 Noon
Shotgun Start:  1:00pm
Location:  Country Club of Canton
Awards & Dinner immediately following play at Country Club of Canton Clubhouse
Format:  2-Man Scramble
Cost:  $75.00 per player
Register online below or mail your payments to: Women for Progress, P.O. Box 1179, Jackson, MS 39207
Contact info:  mail@womenforprogress.net
(601) 259-6770

The day will begin with registration and lunch at 11:00 am followed by a shotgun start at 1:00pm.  The day will continue with a Catfish Dinner at the clubhouse with awards, door prizes and special recognitions.  Registration includes lunch and dinner for all golfers.   A “Dinner Only” price is provided for non-golfer.

Individual Player Registration


Proceeds to benefit Women for Progress of MS projects and support of Girls in the sport of golf.

Heroines of African American Golf: The Past, The Present, and The Future
Author: M. Mikell Johnson, PH.D.
Available at Amazon and other book sellers.
Carrie Jones (Page 113)
The Lady Drivers Golf Club (Page 199) www.ladydriversgolf.com


About Carrie Jones:


Mrs. Carrie Jones

1962 United Golfers Association

National Open Women’s Champion


I am Still a Champion


Carrie Jones


I started playing golf in 1961 at the age of twenty-two at the Grove Park Course in Jackson MS.  I won my first competitive trophy at the 1961 Robert Wright Open at Fuller Park in Memphis, TN, by finishing in second place.  That was my first golf tournament, but it gave me the confidence to enter and to qualify to play in several United Golfers Association National Open Championships.


The 1961 UGA National Open Tournaments were also held at Fuller Park in Memphis, TN.  The thing that I remember most about the Open is that my dream of winning a major championship had been realized.  I had defeated Doris Wright for the United Golfers Association National Open Women’s Championship title and trophy.  I had accomplished this win in a field of approximately thirty of the best African American women golfers in the country.  I have won approximately 130 tournament titles in various other cities and states since that notable time in my golf history.


When I started playing golf in the early 1960’s, the doors of opportunity were closed to Black women golfers in the Deep South.  Grove Park was the one and only nine hole golf course open to women of color as well as Black men in the city of Jackson, MS.  Pete Brown was the pro and also my golf teacher.  In order to challenge myself and play in significant golf tournaments I would have to leave Jackson and go to other cities outside of the state of Mississippi to compete with other lady golfers.  We were often heckled and harassed and the subject to the “N” word.  We were asked if we were playing with white balls or black balls.  Many times golf balls were hit at us, our cars vandalized, and the police officers would not give us any assistance.  When we would attempt to play at other courses, we were told we had a golf course at Grove Park, go play it!  The civil rights bill was passed in 1964 and the doors started slowly opening.


I am a member of the Nine Iron Golf Club, the oldest Black golf club in the state of Mississippi.  In 1978 my husband and I were the first black husband and wife players to join the Bay Pointe Country Club in Brandon, MS.  Being a member of a Country Club afforded me the opportunity to be the first Black woman to play in the club championship of which I have won at least ten times.  I am the first Black woman to win three times in the Shady Oaks Country Club Championship in Jackson, MS.  The doors have now finally opened and I am trying to take advantage of the opportunities.  Now at the age of 70, I am still representing with a seven handicap.

Sponsorship Information:


Thank you for your interest in supporting the Women for Progress of MS, Inc., First Annual Carrie Jones Golf Classic by participating as an event sponsor.  There are several levels of sponsorship to consider, all providing exposure to potential business partners and golfers.


GOLD - $3,000
Includes:  2 teams, 6 lunch tickets, 6 dinner tickets, event welcome banner, website banner ad on event home page, leader board, placement in attendee gift bag, 2 hole signs and formal recognition at awards dinner and Par 3 Hole Sponsor. One weekly commercial on WFP Radio for 3 weeks. Logo on dinner program.

SILVER - $2500
Includes:  2 teams, 4 lunch tickets, 4 dinner tickets, event welcome banner, listed on registration website page, placement in attendee gift bag, 2 hole signs and formal recognition at awards dinner. Logo on dinner program.

BRONZE - $1500
Includes:  1 team, 2 lunch tickets, 2 dinner tickets, listed on website registration page, placement on event signage, placement in attendee gift bag, 1 hole sign and recognition at awards dinner.

HONORS - $750
Includes 1 team,  2 lunch ticket, 2 dinner ticket, listed on website registration page, placement in attendee gift bag, 1 hole sign and recognition at awards dinner.

LUNCH - $500
Includes name and logo on website registration page, signage at luncheon, table placards, placement in attendee gift bag.

Beverage cart signage, logo on website registration page

Includes sign on Putting Green, listing on registration website. 

CLOSESTS TO PIN (1 male, 1 female)
LONGEST DRIVE (1 male, 1 female)
LONGEST PUTT (1 male, 1 female)
Includes signage on hole and rules sheet, recognition at awards dinner.

Includes signage at hole, listing on dinner program.

Includes signage on golf cart and listing in awards dinner program.

CONTACT: mail@womenforprogress.net or (601) 259-6770